Ian Buchanan (born 16 June 1957) is a Scottish television actor who has appeared on multiple American soap operas including General Hospital, Port Charles, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, and Days of Our Lives.
After studying acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and privately with Marcia Haufrecht, Buchanan's first major daytime role came in 1986, when he joined the cast of General Hospital in the role of Duke Lavery, whom he portrayed until 1989. After leaving the role of Lavery, Buchanan appeared in roles on prime-time series including It's Garry Shandling's Show as Ian McFyfer from 1988 to 1990, and Twin Peaks as Dick Tremayne from 1990 to 1991.
In 1990, he played a wealthy Playboy-style magazine publisher in the Columbo television series episode Columbo Cries Wolf. He also guest-starred in episode 4 of the 1990 series The Flash as the main villain, Stan Kovacs. He appeared in a 1993 episode of Quantum Leap, titled "Blood Moon."
In 1993, Buchanan returned to daytime and was cast on The Bold and the Beautiful in his second most recognized daytime role as Dr. James Warwick, which he portrayed until 1999. Buchanan has since reprised his role as Warwick in several guest appearances from 2004 to 2011. Following the end of his regular appearance as Warwick, Buchanan made a short appearance on Days of Our Lives in 2001 as Lord Sheraton.
In 2002, he joined the cast of Port Charles portraying the sinister Joshua Temple until the show's end in 2003.
In 2005, Buchanan joined the cast of All My Children, in the role of Dr. Greg Madden, a fertility specialist involved in the controversial "un-abortion" storyline involving Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), as well as the abduction of the daughter of Dixie Martin (Cady McClain) and Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Buchanan's role as Madden came to an end on 5 July 2006, when his character died as the result of being buried alive.
In 2012, Buchanan joined Days of Our Lives in the newly created contract role of Ian McAllister, who is the husband of Madison James (Sarah Brown) and a former lover of Kate Roberts DiMera, (Lauren Koslow), but was let go in August, as the result of a shift in the direction of the series.
On 27 August 2012, Buchanan returned to General Hospital as Duke Lavery after a 23-year absence. On 12 November, it was revealed that Buchanan was playing a dual role. "Duke Lavery" was actually Cesar Faison in disguise, and Faison was holding the real Duke hostage at a clinic in Lucerne, Switzerland. On 5 July 2017, it was announced he would reprise his role as James Warwick on The Bold and the Beautiful.
- n.b. for credit listings reference
|1993||The Cool Surface||Terrence|
|1994||Double Exposure||Roger Putnam|
|1998||Ivory Tower||Andy Pallack|
|2000||Lying in Wait||George|
|2002||Panic Room||Evan Kurlander|
|2009||Make the Yuletide Gay||Peter Stanford|
|1986||General Hospital||Duke Lavery||1986–1989 (contract); 2012–2015 (recurring); 2016 & 2017 (special guest)|||
|1988–1990||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Ian McFryer||20 episodes|
|1990||Columbo||Sean Brantley||Episode: "Columbo Cries Wolf"|
|The Flash||Stan Kovacs||Episode: "Honor Among Thieves"|
|1990–1991||Twin Peaks||Dick Tremayne||11 episodes|
|1992||On the Air||Lester Guy||7 episodes|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Johnathan Litman||Episode: "The New Producer"|
|1993||Quantum Leap||Victor||Episode: "Blood Moon"|
|1993||Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair||Peter Lawford||Television film|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Dr. James Warwick||Contract: 1993–1999
Recurring role: 2004, 2008–2009, 2011, 2017
|1995||The Nanny||Julius Kimble||Episode: "Dope Diamond"|
|Gargoyles||Constantine||Episode: "Avalon, Part One"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Prince Laszlo Forsmann||Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Dr. Able Cuvier||Episode: " Splicers"|
|2000||Norm||Jack/Fernando||Episode: "Norm vs. the Sacrifice"|
|2001||Days of Our Lives||Lord Sheraton||4 episodes|
|Nash Bridges||Franz Planck||Episode: "The Partner"|
|2002||Raising Dad||Dr. Fields||Episode: "Daughter Nose Best"|
|2002–2003||Port Charles||Joshua Temple||Recurring|
|Justice League||Ultra-Humanite||3 episodes|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||First||Episode: "Unnatural Selection, Part 2"|
|2004||Alias||Johannes Gathird||Episode: "After Six"|
|Hope & Faith||Himself||2 episodes|
|2005||Yes, Dear||Paul||Episode: "The Radford Reshuffle"|
|2005–2006||All My Children||Dr. Greg Madden||25 episodes|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Damien Sands||Episode: "Damien Sands"|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Sherlock Holmes||Episode: " Trials of the Demon!"|
|2019||A Mermaid for Christmas||Narrator||Television film|
Awards and nominations
|1988||4th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Newcomer: Daytime||General Hospital||Won|
|1988||4th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favorite Super Couple: Daytime – shared with Finola Hughes||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1989||5th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favorite Super Couple: Daytime – shared with Finola Hughes||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1989||5th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Hero: Daytime||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1997||24th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||The Bold and the Beautiful||Won|
|1998||25th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
|1999||15th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
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- "GENERAL HOSPITAL CAST – CESAR FAISON". soaps.sheknows.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- SOD (5 July 2017). "Ian Buchanan Back to B&B". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
- Logan, Michael (5 July 2017). "The Doctor Is In: Ian Buchanan Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Insider. United States: TVGM Holdings LLC.
- "Ian Buchanan : Credit Listings". TV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015.